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I never thought I would say this, but I am feeling super inspired by a meme I found on Instagram @dyslexic.aries. A few days ago I was scrolling through the Explore page when I stumbled upon this collage of early 2000s trends, complete with a shot of Paris and Nicole, everyone’s favorite BFF duo.

Particularly, I was really drawn to the white ribbed tank and denim miniskirt combo. Even though the outfit is a clear nod to the early 2000s, it’s simple enough to still be stylish in 2018. And, not to mention, it’s flattering, so, I decided to recreate it myself. After all, I was only 9-years-old in 2002, meaning that I never really had a chance to wear The Simple Life-inspired look of my dreams.

Instead of a plain white tank (which I love–don’t get me wrong), I paired my cut-off denim mini with a satiny babydoll top. Both pieces were vintage finds and totally timeless (at least, in my opinion)!

The top has a feminine floral pattern, sequin details around the bust and delicate spaghetti straps, making it a really fun and sexy piece when paired with the right bottoms. I added a pair of fuchsia block heel sandals and a chainlink belt because I was aaall about metal belts in the 00s.

Blue eyeshadow was also a huuuge trend at the time, and I love it just as much now as I did then. To bring this makeup look into the current decade, I blended a warm saddle brown shadow into my crease first.

Then, after I finished buffing the blue color all over my lid, I smudged some more blue shadow along my lower lash line. I finished the look with two coats of black mascara, as well as one coat of Glossier’s cult-favorite Boy Brow (I wear the brown shade) to avoid those over-plucked 2000s brows.

Contour wasn’t big in the early 2000s, but I wanted to add some definition to my face, so I dusted a little matte bronzer from theBalm onto the hollows of my cheeks and along my hairline.

Glassy lip gloss was a must-have circa 2000, so after lining my lips with a nude pencil, I went in with two coats of Glossier‘s Lip Gloss. This gloss gives the lips a crystal clear shine with shimmer-free glassy finish.

So many It girls like Paris and Nicole wore pin-straight hair with unblended highlights back in the day, but that’s not my style. So, I loaded my roots with thickening spray after washing my hair. After letting it air dry, I straightened only the pieces that frame my face. I think doing so really helped make my entire look more modern.

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It may only be Tuesday, but it has been an extremely eventful week for the fashion industry so far.

Over the weekend blogger and mega-influencer Danielle Bernstein (better known as “We Wore What”) came under fire when she announced via Instagram her upcoming jewelry collab with Lulu DK and Nordstrom. The post announcing the collab has since been deleted.

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Several pieces in her 27-piece collection (all of which will cost under $100) are strikingly similar to high-end pieces from jewelry designers such as Foundrae, Bondeye Jewelry and Retrouvaí–some Danielle even wore herself in the past.

After receiving a ton of backlash from fashion industry insiders (including Diet Prada) and outsiders (such as Julie Zerbo, the attorney behind the popular site The Fashion Law) alike, Bernstein, Lulu DK and Nordstrom decided to pull the “pieces in question” from the collection (set to launch Wednesday, May 9). Bernstein uploaded a lengthy message and a tearful video (shown below) to her Instagram Stories on May 6, claiming that her designs were inspired by vintage pieces and that her name and integrity were being “dragged through the mud.”

Bernstein also wrote, “It has been extremely frustrating to be on the receiving end of a vicious online campaign to inaccurately paint the #LuluDKxWeWoreWhat collaboration in a negative light, based on misrepresentations.”

She continued, “I would never in a million years deliberately copy or attempt to knock-off another brand’s work…That being said–the past couple of days have been devastating for me. I have never experienced such malicious hatred in my life. My character being called to question has broken my heart.”

Comments on Bernstein’s Instagram photos accusing her of copying the aforementioned brands have reportedly been deleted, and the accounts linked to those comments have been blocked by Bernstein, according to comments left on Nordstrom’s post announcing the collaboration.

“Wow @weworewhat you can block everyone you want. The game is over, and the whole fashion community has your number. Never cool to be a fraud. @nordstrom please do the right thing here. Designers like @foundrae and @retrouvai are amazing and [loved] by many (as you can see from the posts). If you drop the line now and make a public statement, your loyal customers, like myself, will be forever grateful. #dotherightthing,” @annettegallo wrote.

Other users, such as @streetartglobe, write, “Hey @nordstrom–given that you’re now stocking the lines of @weworewhat who, let’s be honest, blatantly and callously stole designs from others and called them her own for profit, we were hoping you could also stock the lines of that labels affected–namely @bondeyejewelry, @foundrae and @retrouvai.”

The commented gained over 40 likes.

@maryfae said, “@nordstrom I hope you were unaware of the blatant rip-off. This is from the gorgeous @foundrae line. Now that you are aware, please do the right thing and pull [Bernstein’s] line!”

Nordstrom responded publicly to the controversy late Monday (May 7) evening via an Instagram comment on the account’s original post announcing the collection.

“Thanks all for reaching out. We recently heard from three jewelry designers who felt products in a new collection we’re carrying looked very similar to items they designed. We take situations like this seriously and partnered with Lulu DK and Danielle Bernstein to remove each of the pieces in question,” @nordstrom wrote.

On Tuesday, May 8, a day before the set launch, Bernstein uploaded photos of herself at UPTON, a New York City boutique hosting a pop-up shop to celebrate the LuluDKxWeWoreWhat collab. She invited her followers to “come say hi” the day of the launch.

In more exciting and inspiring news, the 2018 Met Gala took place Monday (May 7) evening. The first Monday in May is always deemed fashion’s biggest night of the year, and this year’s theme was #HeavenlyBodies. A-listers gathered at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art in their best Catholic Church-inspired formalwear.

I don’t keep up with too much celeb gossip, but I always look forward to the Met Gala red carpet photos. (Plus, there are real models in attendance–not just It girls.)

My best-dressed list this year includes: Stella Maxwell (flawless from head to toe), Rihanna (queen of everything–no one else can pull off an outfit like that), Zoe Kravitz (sophisticated and feminine), Natasha Poly (always one of my favs at the Met Gala), Emily Ratajkowski (looove those sexy bronzed goddess vibes), Irina Shayk (of course she’s absolutely stunning in anything, but her #HeavnlyBodies look was statement-making without being overdone) and Gisele (dripping in gold).

As far as beauty goes, I loved Gigi Hadid’s makeup, Golden Barbie’s hair, Winnie Harlow’s hair and headpiece, as well as Ashley Graham’s…everything (peep the shot of her killer cleavage below). I gathered some of my favorite posts from IG…

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And in terms of my own style, it’s been hot here in NYC, so I’ve been keeping it pretty simple. Over the weekend I paired a white Are You Am I top with vintage denim cut-offs (one of my go-to combos) and added an orange lip (TonyMoly LIPTONE Get It Tint in Oops Orange) to make the look more fun. Then, I tied everything together with a black Western-inspired belt and patterned booties.

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It finally feels like spring in New York City, and I am so excited to be able to wear a few of my favorite warmer weather pieces, new and old. Sweaters are cozy, but I am beyond ready for tank tops and cutoffs!

Lucky for me, my office is relatively casual, so I am free to express my personal style most days a week. I picked up this denim jumpsuit from Reformation after coveting a similar one by Second Skin Overalls for over a year, and it is perfect for springtime in NYC.

This piece has a vintage feel with a modern relaxed silhouette, which makes getting dressed super easy–just add a pair of booties and you’re out the door! The no-fuss fit with structured details makes this jumpsuit ideal for the office, and the flare leg is a fun change of pace from the tapered overalls/utility suits I usually wear. Not to mention, it is really flattering and it feels just as good as it looks.

There are definitely dozens of ways to style a basic piece like this one, but today, I am playing up the vintage vibes with my favorite cat-eye sunnies (thrifted from Melrose Trading Post in L.A.), a bright orange lip and my go-to worn-in brown leather booties. I also added my Pop & Suki camera bag, because that comes pretty much everywhere with me.

Shop my look:

Jumpsuit, Reformation

Bag, Pop & Suki

Lip color, Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Freckle Fiesta, Fenty Beauty by Rihanna

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You’ve probably figured out–if you’ve been following me for longer than, say, five seconds–that denim makes up a huge chunk of my wardrobe 😉

When it comes to apparel that isn’t activewear/loungewear, there is *nothing* more comfortable or confidence-boosting than worn-in denim (not even a super flow-y maxi dress, in my opinion)!

I’m not too sure what constitutes a denim expert–or if there is even such thing as one–but I *am* sure that if that label truly existed, it would be branded across my forehead.

Over the years I have tried an insane amount of denim in search of that ultra-flattering cut and a second-skin fit. And I want to save other women the trial and error by sharing my most-loved pairs with you!

One Teaspoon: This is one of the first labels that, as an adult, I really feel like resonated with me. I was instantly drawn to the gorgeous wash, impeccable details and fashionable fit of the Awesome Baggies in the Cobain wash.

Since then, I have expanded my collection to include more of the Australian label’s statement-making denim, including one of my favorite pieces of all-time: a white utility-inspired  jumpsuit.

One Teaspoon has really mastered those badass, rock ‘n’ roll vibes, and I am so obsessed!

Revice: From the second I pulled these bad boys on, they were both comfortable and flattering. Inspired by the shape and cut of vintage denim, Revice jeans really lift your bum and flatten your stomach. Bonus–they are made in the U.S. (LA, to be exact) with premium-quality, durable materials.

Levi’s Wedgie Fit: As soon as I picked these up, I knew I should have done it sooner! The Levi’s Wedgie Fit are the most comfortable and flattering jeans I have ever worn.

They have the high-rise look of a “mom” jean, but the wedgie fit, as the name suggests, tightens and perks-up your bum (whereas mom jeans tend to flatten and elongate the backside).

I also love that these jeans are snug through the thigh with a tapered (but not-too-tight!) ankle–perfect for pairing with literally any shoe.

Re/done: Re/done gets a lot of hype from bloggers and influencers, but they really are a great investment. Manufactured in Los Angeles from recycled denim, Re/done jeans are beyond durable.

The label’s range of essential pieces are great no matter what your style is like. Personally, I think they are ideal for creating a chic model-off-duty look.

In addition to classic jeans, Re/done is also known for a handful of signature styles. My favs? The Ass Rip jeans, which have a cheeky tear right below the bum. I love that the tear is reinforced so you never have to worry about it getting any bigger!

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There is nothing more attractive anyone–man or woman–could wear than jeans and a white t-shirt (at least, in my opinion). Throughout the years, this combo has made me feel put-together, confident and, most of all, comfortable.

While I love getting dressed up and glam from time to time, I am definitely a sucker for borrowed-from-the-boys styles, especially during the daytime. Baggy trousers and grandpa cardigans are both staples in my wardrobe. Even more essential, however, are an array of jeans and white t’s.

To keep these pieces looking and feeling fresh, there have definitely been a few small tweaks in terms of how I style them as I’ve grown up. And I have definitely come to the realization that there are two go-to ways I love to wear these pieces.

The first is a relaxed top with high-rise jeans, and the second is a tight, stretchy top with slouchy, low-rise jeans (like I’m wearing today).

I can’t wear this combo without a thick leather belt; I love the way it pulls the entire look together. If the weather (or the occasion) calls for it, I will also throw on a jacket in a color that ties into the belt. Today I opted for a gray knit one so that I could get away with wearing the black belt with brown shoes 😉

Embellishments, subtle patterns and distressing also bring these looks to life! Plain, no-nonsense jeans are great, don’t get me wrong, but I looove a strategically placed tear or two (or 10). Details like these are the perfect way to add texture and depth to a super basic outfit, but still look relaxed.

Gold or silver necklaces (the more the merrier) are definitely a must for me when wearing jeans and a white t-shirt. The metal instantly gives the entire look a more polished vibe.

One final way I keep this look feeling fresh is by swapping the shoes from year to year. For both jeans-and-white-t combos I mentioned, I tend to go for booties; they give me height but keep the look casual.

Currently, animal prints are my favorite option because they are made of neutral colors, yet they add a new pattern/texture element to the mix.

I have two pairs of snake print ankle booties (one brown, one white and gray) that I absolutely could not live without. They are the perfect combination of fashionable and effortless. (In the past, however, I’ve loved styling these outfits with Doc Martens and other chunkier styles.)

Someone who really inspires me to create more stylish, yet casual outfits is YouTuber Lauren Elizabeth. She always looks incredibly put-together, even in jeans and a white t. I take a lot of cues from her when it comes to personal style, then put my own spin on them. Keep scrolling for inspo and to shop my entire look! 🙂

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[source: Instagram user @laurenelizabeth]

[source: Instagram user @laurenelizabeth]

[source: Instagram user @laurenelizabeth]

[source: Instagram user @laurenelizabeth]

Shop my look:

Cardigan, Free People

Off-the-shoulder t-shirt, Free People

Belt, Free People

Jeans, thrifted

Booties, Free People (no longer available), similar here

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